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Transport Canada Advances Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) NPA

As you may know, Transport Canada recently released a Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) NPA, that sets out the proposed first-step towards more comprehensive BVLOS operations in Canada. We have all witnessed the growth in the VLOS recreational use of RPAS, and VLOS commercial operations however, the real commercial opportunities exist for BVLOS ops. To date, BVLOS operations have been conducted under the terms of a SFOC. There will be exponential growth in the use of commercial RPAS once they move to BVLOS in the absence of an SFOC requirement.   

I have attached the HAC submission on this subject, as well as a link to the NPA, for your information. In many ways, HAC believes the proposed regulations are woefully inadequate to protect the other users of low level airspace.  HAC has argued that the commercial helicopter industry is most at risk of a conflict with RPAS being operated BVLOS. Most of our members operate below 400’ AGL, and in remote areas – precisely the areas that the NPA considers are “low risk".  The proposal does not include any Detect-and-Avoid technology requirements; extra conspicuity lighting; Remote Identification Technology (RIT) or ADS-B requirements; and the regulations do not adequately reflect a risk-based approach to the potential for damage that larger (650kg) RPAS operating at high speeds in limited visibility, present to the helicopter community. In short, the NPA needs some work.

Read the HAC Submission

Read the NPA